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April 7, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Wilcox

Communications Director


California Citizens Redistricting Commission

Citizens Redistricting Commission

Votes to Retain Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

for Voting Rights Act Counsel

SACRAMENTO, CA (April 7, 2011)

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission voted unanimously at its meeting today to retain the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as its Voting Rights Act legal counsel after reviewing supplemental disclosure information from the firm.

The Commission also asked staff to include "contract language" to exclude members of the firm's Political Action Committee management team, and any lawyers involved in lobbying related to redistricting matters, from communicating with the staff dedicated to the Commission's work.


The Commission will meet again tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. at the State Capitol, Room 3191.  The meeting will be streamed live at





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California's first Citizens Redistricting Commission is a new 14-member Commission charged with redrawing California's Senate, Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and Congressional districts based on information gathered during the 2010 census. The Commission must draw the State Senate, Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and Congressional districts in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules designed to create districts of relatively equal population that will provide fair representation for all Californians.